14.0012 diss on tools for collaboration

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                    Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 12.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Tue, 16 May 2000 20:20:48 +0100
             From: Wendell Piez <wapiez@mulberrytech.com>
             Subject: dissertation on online collaboration

    Readers of HUMANIST may be interested in the following (from Steve
    Talbott's NETFUTURE):

    User-specified Tools for Online Collaboration

    NetFuture reader Aldo de Moor has completed a Ph.D. dissertation that some
    of you may be interested in. Here are a few sentences from the preface:

         All over the world, forests are disappearing at an alarming rate. I
         usd to be quite involved in several forest conservation campaigns.
         However, while working on these issues, it became increasingly clear to
         me that there are no simple solutions for dealing with this very urgent
         problem. The only way to address complex issues like this is to
         involve many people, who represent a wide range of stakeholders, in a
         continuous dialogue.

         ....time and again we found out how difficult it is to keep prolonged
         and intensive computer-enabled collaboration going. People would start
         to work together enthusiastically, but somehow, results failed to
         materialize, after which participation would wane quickly. This
         despite common goals and considerable initial efforts of the
         participants, and despite the fact that when the same networks of
         professionals meet physically, collaboration is often successful
         indeed. While investigating these failures, I found out that the
         problems encountered are not particular to our network. In fact,
         similar breakdowns are reported in a wide body of literature on
         computer supported cooperative work.

    In working on this problem, de Moor produced "a theory of legitimate user-
    driven specification, as well as a supporting method and [software] tool.
    They should enable members of virtual professional communities to use
    their potential for collaboration to create network information systems
    that better meet the communal needs".

    De Moor wrote his thesis at Tilburg University in The Netherlands, and
    summaries of it in English and Dutch, as well as information for obtaining
    English copies of the entire thesis, are available at
    http://infolab.kub.nl/people/ademoor/phd .


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